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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
298                   CHURCH REVIEW.

was acquainted, invited me  to join him  in the visit, as
a deputation of four hundred Frenchmen were to present
him with an address I very readily assented, as I was anxious
to see this man, who is occupying so much of public attention,
and who may yet be the President or Emperor of the French
I was most kindly received by him, and when he knew I was
from the United States, he took both of my hands and bid me
"welcome! welcome!"  General Boulanger represents the dis-
satisfaction that is general in French politics.  The French
seem to be more suited to an Empire than to a Republic. The
Republic, after an experience of nineteen years, has produced a
feeling of unrest in the hearts of many, and the Chamber of
Deputies, elected in a moment of surprise, is acknowledged to
be composed mostly of irresponsible and incompetent members.
Boulanger, though in London and in exile, is yet a candidate
for a seat in the House of Deputies, and, if successful, will be
a great power in the politics of France, and may overthrow
the present cabinet, and himself become ruler of France. Gen-
eral Boulanger simply stands for the great army of the dis-
contented in Franz
  Of course I heard, as far as possible, the great preachers of
London.  On my first Sunday, I attended Westminster Abbey-
in the morning, and heard a fine sermon from Dean Bradley. I
was much moved by the magnificent music of the choir--all
male. The tenor and alto were especially fine. In the after-
noon, I attended St. Paul's, and listened to a sermon from Canon
Liddon, who is considered by many to be the greatest preacher
in London, and by many more the most distinguished English-
speaking preacher in the world  The music at St Paul's is of
an exceedingly high order, the choir consisting of quite one
hundred men and boys. I regret that I could not hear Spafford
Brooks and Dr. Parker; but each was on his vacation. The fol-
lowing Sunday, I heard Canon Liddon and the one other that
shares the palm with Canon Liddon, as being the ablest London
preacher, Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, and a most singular, and, from
a layman's standpoint, amusing contradiction took place Canon
Liddon's line of thought was on the indifference of the higher
classes to religion; one difficulty was that they approached
religion irreverently and in haste; that in order to learn a
language, a profession, or a system of philosophy, they would
devote years of patient study and their best power of mind.
Religion required the same devotion, time, and investigation
to understand its deep and hidden meanings The evening of
the same day I heard Mr. Spurgeon; his text was: "How can
you hear without a preacher, and how can you preach without
you be sent." Among other things, he said: "A great many
people are trying to make religion a cult, a problem hard to be
solved; it is nothing of the kind.  It is so simple that he who runs
may read, and a wayfaring man, though a fool, may understand.
He had enjoyed some success in preaching the gospel, but
the most important lessons he had received in theology had not


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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